1980 – Yigal Allon and Linor Abargil

By Jacob Virchis (Boger, Madrich and Drachimnik)

1980 was an exciting year for Israel with three big events happening: 1) Israel established diplomatic relations with their neighbouring country Egypt, 2) The Israeli Lira was replaced by the Shekel and 3) The Jerusalem Law came into place stating that Jerusalem is the capital, protecting the holy sites and preventing the transfer of Jerusalem to a foreign body. However I would like to focus on two people, one born and one who passed away in 1980.
Yigal Allon, born in 1918, was a decorated military commander helping to create the Palmach, the elite fighting force of the Haganah, and serving in the IDF in the War of Independence. After leaving the Army he turned to a successful career in politics even serving as deputy prime minister for 3 years from 1967. He is a revered character in Israel history with streets, promenades and areas named after him. He is buried in Ginosar on the shores of the Kinneret.
Born just two days before Allon’s death is an Israeli lawyer, activist, model, and actress called Linor Abargil. At age 18 she won the 1998 Miss World despite being raped at knife point by her travel agent. After reporting the incident to the police the arrested her attacker and he was sentenced to 16 years in prison. She used her platform to set an example to women across the world and advocate in the fight against sexual violence. She is currently a practicing orthodox jew and works as a lawyer in Israel.